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Editors’ Notes

After the messy dissolution of Death Row records Dr. Dre found himself adrift in an unfamiliar world. By the mid ‘90s the once formidable west coast hip-hop scene was fragmented and weakened by years of overindulgence. By the time The Chronic 2001 emerged at the beginning of the new millennium many still doubted that Dre was capable of creating anything that could rival the sheer majesty of his work with Death Row. The brashly titled and unapologetically confrontational Chronic 2001 laid those doubts to rest with a series of radio-ready singles that blended the crisp G-Funk of Dre’s past with a newfound sense of symphonic grandeur. But the real gems here are a series of guest laden albums cuts — “The Watcher” and “Some L.A. N***az are the finest of these — that find a veritable who’s who of Golden Era Los Angeles rap royalty spitting fire over some of Dre’s sparest, fiercest beats. Though The Chronic 2001 is marred by a handful of dismal and unimaginative sex raps that reprise all of the venom, but none of the joyous humor of Chronic classics like “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” Chronic 2001 is otherwise the equal of its illustrious predecessor in almost every respect; a true hip-hop classic from one of the greatest producers to ever approach the boards.

Customer Reviews


2001 is a hot album but, please, head on over and get the uncencored version, the way Dre. wanted you to hear it.


dawg clean lyrics are da best cuz thats the way Jesus Christ wants them

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This album is great! He's not masking anything, everyone likes this album


Born: February 18, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

More than any other rapper, Dr. Dre was responsible for moving away from the avant-noise and political stance of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions as well as the party vibes of old-school rap. Instead, Dre pioneered gangsta rap and his own variation of the sound, G-funk. BDP's early albums were hardcore but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with N.W.A. celebrated the hedonistic, amoralistic side of gang life. Dre was never much of a rapper — his rhymes were simple...
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